Thermomist 200 Whole House Humidifier
The first winter after we moved into our new house, my wife and I knew we would need a whole house humidifier. We barely made it through the season with a small 3 gallon "personal use" one. The next fall I installed the Thermomist 2000! Impressive name, isn't it? When compared to the other humidifier systems I researched it actually is very impressive.
The Thermomist 2000 is different from most house humidifiers in that it sprays a very fine mist into the warm air flow of your furnace. All the others I looked at either used a filter or a disk setup to absorb and then release the water via passive evaporation. From all the reviews etc that I found on those other systems maintenance looked to be a major hassle. Not only did you have to replace the very expensive filters often, but you had to put bleach in the water tanks, and watch for algae build up. Not to mention when I looked at connecting them to the furnace it appeared I needed a master's degree in mechanical and electrical engineering along with a certification in HVAC!
These hassles are all missing with the Thermomist 2000. Since it introduces the water via a nozzle, there are no expensive filters to replace. Let me qualify that. You do have to replace an in-line water filter every year along with the nozzle, for a wallet breaking $12.50! Compared to the 100's of dollars it was going to be for other brands, not bad. And to change the nozzle it's 3 metal screws and 2 nuts to remove, along with one other nut to replace the in-line water filter.
So maintenance is a breeze. Takes 15-min a year, and that's including the time spent to order the parts online. Installation was also a breeze. The kit comes with everything you need except the tools to do the job. You will need a sheet metal shears, a couple open ended wrenches and a screw or nut driver. It took me about 1.5 hours to install the one at my house.
I only have one bad thing to say about this unit, and I'm not for sure it's even the fault of the Thermomist 2000. Due to the high calcium content of the water in my house a white crust has developed on my ductwork where it takes a sharp 90 degree turn. I have a feeling this would happen with any humidifier. But I can't give a complete glowing review.
Performance wise it does what it says it does. In just over 12 hours our house went from below 25% relative humidity to a comfortable 50%. I was so impressed I even talked my in-laws to buying one. After the practice on mine it only took about 45 minutes for me to hook theirs up!
I did find one small issue during the installation at my house. I have PVC piping and the tap valve that comes with the kit did not puncture the pipe cleanly. The needle created a sliver of PVC that partially blocked the valve. All I had to do to fix it was to take the valve off and drill the whole out with a corresponding drill bit. Problem solved.
Last but not least… Price $125.00! That was ½ the price of the next closest system! I couldn't say no, and I'm glad I didn't. Every time I have ordered a new nozzle (3 times now) my order has been processed quickly and correctly. I just can't say enough good things about this unit.
Rating (1-10): 10
Performs as expected: 10
Ease of use: 10